Ryan Corner 6-10 Jr Allendale: He moved really well defensively — covering space horizontally to get rebounds outside his immediate area, pouncing from the paint to block a three-point attempt. Blocked the shots of some of the best players at camp — among others, one-on-one against Seth Wright, defending the rim against Zach Maynard, after forcing Griffin Yaklich to switch hands to try and finish. Had a money jump hook to take advantage of mismatches. Active on follow-ups. By 17U AAU needs to be hammering his finishes.
“He plays very hard, and that’s what makes him most attractive at 6-10,” a coach said. “His best basketball is definitely ahead of him. Shows good hands and runs well. Finishes well around the hoop, but can get moved off the block when playing against wide-bodied bigs. He also needs to get a wider base, as he plays with his feet too close together. Was a very active defender and probably led the camp in blocked shots.”
Trevon Gunter 6-1 Jr Kalamazoo Central: Has a college build, quite strong for a guard his age, so caught some defenders with just how good a shooter he’s become. In the AAU season Gunter was money from the corners, now there didn’t look like there was a spot behind the arc from where he wasn’t comfortable. Used his physicality defensively while keeping active hands. More of a heady, set-up point guard than breakdown, flashy creator. Good grades.
“Really good shooter who ran the floor well,” a coach said. “He scores more in transition than in the half-court.”
Sam Vasiu 6-1 Jr Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: When the father of the best point guard in the Big Ten tells you that you’ve gotta check out this guard tearing up the drill sessions, you listen. Good call. Sams’s made himself into a college prospect via the weight room and gym and looks like the kind of player who’ll be getting Class C all-state votes in March. Skilled enough to create shots, and strength, athleticism to finish at the rim. 4.0 gpa and strong ACT score make him that much more attractive as a recruit.
“He dominated one-on-one opportunities in drills,” a coach said. “Combines a nice first step with a quick release making him a potentially lethal offensive player. Would’ve liked to see him display his obvious one-on-one skills more often in five-on-five play. Plays hard on both ends of the floor and at 6-1 with a good frame he’s an attractive guard prospect.”
Charles Woodhams 6-3 Jr Otsego: Strong, tough, efficient, doesn’t have to blow up the scoring column to help a team win — but can do that, too. Against taller defenders would get low and attack, against smaller defenders he’d take them right to the blocks. Thinks like a guard, rebounds like a forward. Will have to stay 100 percent dialed in against quick, college-caliber guards. Reads passing lanes well to flip the script for transition buckets. Ran the court all day and got a lot of put-backs. Easy to see why he’s a GLIAC priority — and the 4.0 gpa doesn’t hurt his cause.
“Always plays hard,” a coach said. “Sold all-around player with a killer stroke from deep. Has the ability to score in bunches. Doesn’t shy from contact and displayed a nice soft floater that seems to be an addition to his bag of tricks. Competes on the defensive and plays the angles well.”
Griffin Yaklich 6-5 Jr Saline: He was dialed in in drills, then was the point guard and set the tone for an outstanding team once the games started. Height is a huge advantage as he’s able to see downhill while pushing the ball, then also has the touch and instincts to deliver the rock in the right situations. Got hockey assists as well as traditional ones. Head up and on a swivel, and doesn’t over-dribble. Long, able to unfurl for layups, harass dribblers or block shots. Needs to get a lot stronger. There’s a reason GVSU came to see him work out a couple days after his outstanding camp performance — big upside for the babyface guard.
“Tall and lanky point guard with a good feel for the game,” a coach said. “Definitely looks to pass first and enjoys getting others involved. Knocked down the open shot when it was there, but sometimes passed on shots he should have taken. Has a high IQ on both ends of the floor. Seems to do a great job anticipating passes and moving on the flight of the ball.”